Root apex resection is a procedure intended to remove the unhealthy tip of the tooth root with the surrounding abnormal tissue, when endodontic treatment is no longer possible.
It is often a last resort to surgically maintain a tooth with a periapical lesion that cannot be managed with conventional endodontic (re-)treatment. Root apex resection can be performed if the tip of a root in a tooth that has received root canal therapy becomes infected, and a pin or screw in the treated root canal prevents a new root canal treatment.
The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic. The root apex resection involves the opening of a chronic infection source, which is cleaned, the root tip is cut off, and it is sealed with good quality.
The success of the operation is monitored with follow-up checks in one week, three months and one year after the operation in Dentist in Tooting Medical Centre.